Saturday, Dec. 18, 2010
In no particular order, books I’ve read this year:
- To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee. I have loved the movie for years but hadn’t read the book until January.
- Breakfast at Tiffany’s: A Short Novel and Three Stories by Truman Capote. (After I read Capote’s In Cold Blood in 2009, I got on a Capote kick for a while and also read To Kill a Mockingbird – written by Capote’s friend Harper Lee; the character Dill in Mockingbird is based on Capote.) I actually enjoyed the short story “A Christmas Memory” more than Breakfast at Tiffany’s. I’ve seen the movie Tiffany’s several times (we have it in an Audrey Hepburn DVD collection), mostly because its theme song, “Moon River,” is my favorite song (I know, I’m an old fogy). I did not like the movie the first time I watched it, so it’s a good thing it featured that song! I liked the novel even less. I can’t relate to Holly Golightly on an emotional level, even if all the critics rave about this story and how she fails to understand how people love her, blah blah blah. She’s just a wack job, in my opinion. One critic said he reread it after 30 years and appreciated it more this time. I guess I’ll try to read it again when I’m 78. Meanwhile, I’ll just go watchin’ that movie for the theme song. Moooon Riiiverrrr, wider than a mile …
- Friendship for Grownups: What I Missed and Learned Along the Way by Lisa Whelchel (Blair on “The Facts of Life”). She spoke at a women’s retreat in Ash Flat, Ark., in August. I had always wanted to go to a conference and hear her speak, and I got to meet her at this conference. Her writing is vulnerable, transparent – and honest.
- The Facts of Life: And Other Lessons My Father Taught Me by Lisa Whelchel.
- Shades of Blue by Karen Kingsbury. My mother has been wanting me to read Karen Kingsbury’s books for years, and finally she said I had to read this one. I’m glad I finally listened to her. This was a good choice, a tale about emotional and spiritual healing after abortion.
- No Need for Speed: A Beginner’s Guide to the Joy of Running by John “The Penguin” Bingham. A really great book for those of us who probably will never win a race but nonetheless will try.
- Your Money God’s Way: Overcoming the 7 Money Myths that Keep Christians Broke by Amie Streater. This is the first book I reviewed for Book Sneeze, which will send you a free book if you agree to review it on your blog and on one other prominent book-related website. (For more on Book Sneeze, click on the blue box at the upper right of this site.)
- Fundamental Accounting Principles (for Accounting II, spring semester at Pulaski Tech) and Banking Systems (for Principles of Banking, fall semester at UACCB).
- I’m Proud of You: My Friendship with Fred Rogers by Tim Madigan. A sweet story about a sweet friendship.
- My senior yearbook from Batesville High School. Had my 30-year reunion in July and came home to read what my classmates said to me. I also had to show Bruce what some of the people he met that weekend looked like in 1979-80. Gotta love the hairdos.
- Martha Stewart’s Baking Handbook by, um, well, Martha and her minions. I will be reading this for years to come.
- Mandatory Purchase of Flood Insurance Guidelines by the National Flood Insurance Program. Engrossing reading for my job in compliance!
There are more, but that’s all I can’t think of at the moment.
Books I’m reading now:
- Training for Mortals by John “The Penguin” Bingham. Another book for velocity-challenged runners.
- On This Day in Christian History by Robert J. Morgan. I will be reviewing this for Book Sneeze and then will order my next free book. Free books – I love it!
- The Life You’ve Always Wanted: Spiritual Disciplines for Ordinary People by John Ortberg. We’re reading this in small group.
Books I plan to read in 2011:
- The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams. I started reading it a few years ago and never finished. I’m going to finish it in 2011.
- The Hiding Place by Corrie ten Boom. This is my favorite book of all time, and I try to read it every few years.
- Adios, Nirvana by Conrad Wesselhoeft. Conrad is a friend of mine (we met as co-workers at a newspaper in California), and his first novel was published in October.
- To be determined …
What books did you read in 2010 or do you plan to read in 2011? Post a comment and tell me.